I rememba hearing about dis chick getting convicted for smoking. I'm happy for her she got justice. If antismokers think smoking in a bar is a crime, then wha would you call mofos in the same bar who get drunk AND dey try to drive around? I guess "serial killers" in comparison to what a smoker does in a bar?
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JOLIET -- Late last year, a Will County jury found a Joliet woman guilty of violating the state's smoking ban.
Now a higher court has reversed that decision.
, the Peoria lawyer who has represented several local residents and others around the state who have been charged with violating the 2008 law, heard the news . And he certainly was pleased.
"For a year and a half or more, smokers in Illinois were terrorized by threats of arrest for misdemeanors or petty offenses," O'Day said . "That turned out to be bogus, according to the ."
His client is Kathleen Kane, 56, of.
One day in March 2008, she was at Woody's, police officer and a representative from the Will County Health Department stopped at the bar and ticketed Kane and others for smoking inside the building, O'Day said.. At the time, Kane worked tending bar there, but she wasn't on the clock when the arrest happened, O'Day said. A Joliet
After Kane was convicted, O'Day filed an appeal.
The higher court ruled Monday that Kane's case should have been handled administratively, not as a criminal matter in the court system.
The fine andtotaling $231 will be refunded, O'Day said.
With local co-counsel Ted Hammel, the Peoria lawyer has several similar cases pending in Will County. They'll be in court, he said.
"Now they will have to be dismissed," O'Day predicted.